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Episode 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 24 April 2009

Stephen Johnson joins Donald Macleod to explore the landscapes of Herefordshire and Worcestershire that inspired much of the music of Edward Elgar.

They visit the rivers Severn, Lugg and Wye, upon whose banks the composer dreamt up the music for his First Symphony and Nursery Suite.

Pomp and Circumstance March No 5
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Alexander Gibson (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 241-4, CD1 Tr 20

Symphony No 1 (2nd and 3rd mvts)
London Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor)
LSO Live LSO0017, Trs 2-3

Nursery Suite
Ulster Orchestra
Bryden Thomson (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 8318, Trs 14-20.

  • Illustration by Mel Burgum

    Illustration by Mel Burgum

    "I am still at heart the dreamy child who used to be found in the reeds by the Seversinde with a sheet of paper trying to fix the sounds, and longing for something great..... I am still looking for this"

  • Mordiford Bridge

    Mordiford Bridge

    Mordiford Bridge, two miles or so east of Elgar's home in Hereford; a favourite spot where he would often cycle to think and dream and fish.

  • Riverboat named after Elgar

    Riverboat named after Elgar

  • The River Lugg

    The River Lugg

    The River Lugg heads down towards the River Wye. Elgar would cycle here from Hereford and fish from the Mordiford Bridge

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